KARNATAKA

MESCOM asked to improve efficiency

SHIMOGA Nov. 1. The Minister for Health and Family Welfare and district in-charge, Kagodu Thimmappa, on Saturday, asked the Mangalore Electricity Supply Company (MESCOM) to win the confidence of consumers by extending efficient and complaints-free service.

Inaugurating the office of MESCOM's second sub-division here, he called upon the company to attend to complaints from consumers in quick time as the latter enjoyed the right to question its efficiency. Observing that problems in administration arose on account of the lack of a proper work culture, he said workers in the country should imbibe the work culture in western countries.

The Minister said while the State's power requirement was around 70 million units, only 40 to 45 million units was available.

To bridge the gap, power was being secured from neighbouring States. The Government was paying a subsidy of Rs.2,500 crore to the owners of irrigation pumpsets.

He said though Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL) earned a monthly revenue of Rs.3,000 crore, it did not have funds for development works as a major portion of the sum was being spent on paying salaries and interest on loans.

MESCOM had to serve the interests of consumers by managing its financial affairs in a balanced manner. It could improve the levels of efficiency if it set right administrative shortcomings.

Gaurav Gupta, Managing Director of MESCOM, said power transmission loss in the city was 12 to 14 per cent.

The new sub-division would cover an area of 25 sq. km. with 38,000 power installations.

The existing sub-division covered 66,000 domestic, commercial, and industrial installations.

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